Many friends and colleagues are often puzzled by my hesistancy to embrace comprehensive immigration reform. The hushed whispers and silent berating do reach my ears so let me clarify my position.
I support Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
I support tearing down arbitrary and constructed borders so that no human being is ever rendered illegal by any state. The state gave birth to illegal immigration and it can get rid of the concept too by refraining from marking migrant bodies as ‘legal’ and ‘illegal’ and sifting us through multiple meaningless categories.
I support demilitarizing our borders. Becky Ayers rightly proclaims, “Mr. Obama, Tear Down This Wall.”
I support repealing NAFTA, CAFTA, structural adjustment programs and all neo-liberal policies that have exacerbated poverty, widened the divide between haves and have-nots, and driven impoverished people out of their countries.
I also support the end of all wars that have ravaged homes and communities to the point where people were forced to leave and start a better life somewhere else.
I support putting CCA, GEO Group and all private detention centers out of business and ending immigrant detention.
I support decentering marriage as the norm for the family unit, removing it as the site for citizenship.
Yes, I support C-O-M-P-R-E-H-E-N-S-I-V-E Immigration Reform.
The question is do you support ‘workable solutions” or real solutions?